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  • 27 March 2012 | Deutsche Welle

    EU bans export of Internet surveillance gear to Iran

    The Council of the European Union on Friday approved new measures against Iran, including bans all exports of equipment and software "intended for use in the monitoring or interception of internet and telephone communications by the Iranian authorities." Since the contested Iranian presidential election of June 2009, various European companies have been implicated in selling hardware and software than can be used to conduct surveillance and other intelligence-gathering capabilities. The new law designates local entities in member states, usually a cabinet-level ministry, such as the Foreign Ministry or Ministry of Economy, to be responsible for evaluating possible export cases. In the case of a sale of material that could fall under this ban, it is incumbent upon the firm to submit an application to the relevant government agency for review before the sale is complete. The Council of the European Union noted that the new language concerning a ban on Internet surveillance equipment was copied from existing export bans concerning nuclear-related material.
  • 27 March 2012 | AFP

    French police have videos shooter made of Toulouse killings

    French police said on Monday they had copies of videos shot by an extremist killer during a series of shootings in and near the southern city of Toulouse that shocked the country. Mohammad Merah, a 23-year-old Frenchman of Algerian descent, had previously boasted of filming his killings, and witnesses had told police that he appeared to be wearing a video camera in a chest harness. A police source told AFP the footage had been seized after it was sent to the Paris office of the pan-Arabic satellite network Al Jazeera. The source said investigators had been passed a USB memory stick that had been sent to the Paris office of Al Jazeera, a news network financed by the Qatari royal family and watched throughout the Arab world. Detectives visited the station on Monday to pick up the evidence. The source said Al Jazeera had not broadcast the footage but had probably retained copies. Merah was killed on Thursday after a 32-hour siege by police from the elite RAID special intervention squad on his apartment in Toulouse. Before the fatal shootout but during the siege, Merah declared that he had uploaded footage of the attacks to the internet, although no trace of the video had been found. Witnesses and the anti-terrorist prosecutor assigned to the case have said that the shooter appeared to be wearing a video camera of the Go-Pro type of sports cameras harnessed to his chest during the shootings.
  • 27 March 2012 | The Next Web

    YouTube and France’s Audiovisual Institute partner up

    YouTube will showcase 57,000 videos from France’s National Audiovisual Institute (INA), the two partners announced Monday. Following the agreement, YouTube viewers will be able to access thousands of hours of archived TV content, coming directly from France’s official repository. In one sense, this partnership isn’t a surprise; not only does the Institute makes a large number of videos available for free on its own platform, but it also has a similar deal in place with YouTube’s French competitor Dailymotion. The Institute’s archives are very rich and diverse, ranging from old reports from Cannes Film Festival and the Tour de France to interviews with Salvador Dali, spanning over the last 60 years of French TV. The content included in this new partnership will progressively go live over the next weeks, the French media reports.
  • 27 March 2012 | Reuters

    U.S. regulators push for online “do not track” system

    U.S. regulators are pressuring Internet companies to put in place by the end of the year a "Do Not Track" system that would give consumers more control over their personal data online, in a report released on Monday that privacy advocates dismissed as too soft. The Federal Trade Commission's long-awaited 57-page final report on privacy recommendations relies heavily on industry voluntarily adopting best practices. It also called on Congress to pass broad privacy legislation that would allow consumers to see how their online data is collected, used and sold, and give consumers the ability to stop such practices. The report is in response to growing consumer concern about how Internet giants such as Google, Facebook and Twitter collect and trade in vast amounts of detailed information about their users' online activities and real-life identities. The lack of force in the FTC's report is due in part to limits on the agency's powers. The FTC has a very limited ability to write rules, and is instead leaning on Internet companies to adopt tougher internal privacy policies. The FTC does have the power to punish companies that violate their own policies or otherwise engage in deceptive practices. The FTC is also raising the specter of legislation, but that is a largely hollow threat, at least in the short-term, due to the gridlock gripping a divided U.S. Congress.
  • 27 March 2012 | EJC

    Poynter News University and EJC launch innovative new e-learning course

    The Poynter Institute's News University (NewsU) and the European Journalism Centre (EJC) jointly announced the launch of "Reporting & Writing About Development in the World," an innovative three-month e-learning course for 40 journalism students from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. The course introduces students to the fundamentals of covering international development and is funded by the European Commission's V4Aid project, which promotes awareness of development issues in the European Union's new member states. "Reporting & Writing About Development in the World" helps prepare students for the challenges of covering the political and economic issues inherent in international development stories. The course features live video lectures and lessons drawn from five self-directed modules on NewsU, Poynter's e-learning platform. Students attend live online lectures and chats, and complete weekly readings and assignments. The course is led by veteran journalism instructor and Poynter Institute adjunct faculty member, Bill Mitchell, a former Vienna bureau chief for the Detroit Free Press. Jim Breiner, a digital journalism consultant and trainer with a specialty in the business of online journalism, helped create the structure and training. Other Poynter faculty and adjuncts also will participate throughout the 12 weeks.
  • 27 March 2012 | Radio Broadcast Newsroom

    Pakistan to have its first journalism awards

    Pakistan's first-ever journalism awards are being organized by Mishal Pakistan in collaboration with the leading Press Clubs across the country, local and international media development bodies, regulatory authorities, private sector and other stakeholders. The AGAHI Awards have been termed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of Pakistan as an important initiative towards improving the state of journalism in Pakistan. Amir Jahangir, Chief Executive Officer for Mishal Pakistan and a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum, shared his views on the Awards as the AGAHI initiative is about increasing the capacity of Investigative Journalism and Responsible Reporting which aims to use institutionalized sustainable media structures in Pakistan to raise the bar of journalistic standards. According to a survey conducted by Mishal Pakistan, the Pakistani media was perceived by the viewers to be indulging in sensationalism and unwittingly supporting the violent extremist ideologies of non-state actors operating in the region. The AGAHI Awards 2012 has been able to engage organizations such as the Center for International Media Ethics (CIME) based out of Brussels and USA, BBC College of Journalism in UK, Media Helping Media from the United Kingdom and Devex in addition to the Press Clubs across Pakistan.